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If it wasn't for the magic
When this universe was born
The gravity that held it down
The sun that kept it warm

If it wasn't for the moon
Tugging on the distant sea
Or the breeze that took her place
Dancing softly on the trees

If it wasn't for the ships
Invasive, they embark!
To pluck and plunder up and down
To infiltrate the dark

If it wasn't for the sweat
That laced the dark man's brow
The sweat that cried in agony
But never made a sound

If it wasn't for the dream
Of what seemed like a lost cause
The unity that joined them all
The faith that kept them strong

If it wasn't for the ointment
On segregation's sting
There wouldn't be a mix of two
There wouldn't be a me

If it wasn't for the twinkle
Or the periwinkle blue
In your eyes that dared to see beyond
The color in your view

If it wasn't for the failure
In the one you chose as “him”
Would you do it any differently?
Would you do it all again?

If it wasn't for the cells
That met inside your womb
With chances slim to none that day
The angels still chose you

If it wasn't for the village
That it took to raise this kid
The family that did it all
For me – a perfect fit

If the magic never happened
And the wind just wasn't right
If the ship had got off track and
Had to turn around that night

If dreams just stayed intangible
And never left our lips
If no one was responsible
Enough to raise this kid

But
The moon had me in mind
When it was tugging on the sea
If it wasn't for the wounded slave
I simply wouldn't be.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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Melody said...
May 28, 2012 at 8:49 am:
Incredible...love it!
 
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Gigi said...
May 18, 2012 at 6:00 am:
Wonderful. I feel the emotion; the good, the bad and the ugly-
 
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Bklvr5 said...
May 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm:
LOVE this, Saxman!
 
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Mama Walters said...
May 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm:

What a beautiful poem Saxman!

"If it weren't for that ointment on segregation's sting..." that was beautiful. 

Thank God it all lined up for you to be here!

I can't imagine a world without you in it.

I thank God for you!

 
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